Breastfeeding Law: Minnesota

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    145.905 LOCATION FOR BREASTFEEDING. A mother may breast-feed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast-feeding. History: 1998

    617.23 INDECENT EXPOSURE; PENALTIES. … Subd. 4.Breast-feeding. It is not a violation of this section for a woman to breast-feed.

    Enforcement Provision


    Workplace Pumping Law

    181.939 Nursing Mothers
    (a) An employer must provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.
    (b) The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a bathroom or a toilet stall, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public and that includes access to an electrical outlet, where the employee can express her milk in privacy. The employer would be held harmless if reasonable effort has been made.
    (c) For the purposes of this section, “employer” means a person or entity that employs one or more employees and includes the state and its political subdivisions.
    (d) An employer may not retaliate against an employee for asserting rights or remedies under this section.

    Enforcement Provision

    [added by amendment 2014]


    The Division of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship shall receive complaints of employees against employers relating to sections 181.172, paragraph (a) or (d), and 181.939 to and investigate informally whether an employer may be in violation of sections 181.172, paragraph (a) or (d), and 181.939 to The division shall attempt to resolve employee complaints by informing employees and employers of the provisions of the law and directing employers to comply with the law. For complaints related to section 181.939, the division must contact the employer within two business days and investigate the complaint within ten days of receipt of the complaint.


    In addition to any other remedies provided by law, a person injured by a violation of sections 181.172, paragraph (a) or (d), and 181.939 to 181.943 may bring a civil action to recover any and all damages recoverable at law, together with costs and disbursements, including reasonable attorney’s fees, and may receive injunctive and other equitable relief as determined by a court.